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The Winner: A Ballroom Dance Novel
The most prestigious ballroom dance competition in the United States.
Two dancers need to win.
Only one can.
Nina Fortunova wasn't supposed to end up almost thirty, divorced, with her dreams of winning shattered. She teams up with Jorge Gonzalez, a hunky and hard-working Latin dancer, to reinvent the flashy Smooth style.
When the Chairman of the J
“Last year, we won.”
Before I began reading “The Winner”, my knowledge about ballroom dancing was very limited. I had no idea that this particular dance was still very popular or that there were plenty of competitions where people could compete professionally. The couples I always saw swirling gracefully across the dance floor in the movies always gave me the impression that ballroom dancing was an easy thing to do and could be achieved without much practice.
Of course this book proved to me ...more
I’m a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing (the format known as Dancing With The Stars in the US) but watching it on TV gives you little indication of the real life drama, the graft, and the travelling that is integral to the competitive ballroom dancing circuit. The Winner lifts the lid on this and gives you privileged access to the lives of the dancers, and to what ...more
This book is more than just a ballroom dance novel, and cheekily so, though its subtitle pigeonholes it as such. It is essentially the story of Nina and Carly whose liaison shifts rather quickly from a coach-trainee relationship to ballroom dance competitors and then to best friends. Told in alternate chapters, it is the saga of two women ensnared by an intense love for ballroom dancing and an anxiety over the national championship. Two women whose devotion to the craft mat ...more
The story is told between the two characters, Nina and Carly. It took a bit of time to get the hang of the POV turn-taking between chapters, which - at first - made me long to skip chapters to get back to the character I ...more
The story is written in alternating first person chapters, with two different women, being both friends and competitors, telling their accounts of vying for a National championship in Ballroom dancing. The closest I have come to ballroom dancing is briefly watching ...more
For spectators, ballroom dancing can seem a glamorous, captivating experience of exquisitely graceful movement – whose magic Bomboy fully brings to life. But sh ...more
I loved the two main female leads Nina and Carly. Nina is the veteran in this story and Carly is the newbie. Yet, both women hold no grudges toward each other. In fact, Nina helps and encourages Carly in the competitive world of ballroom danci ...more
The ballroom scenes and dancing seem amazing to me, as no expert: rich with knowledge and alive with genuine, heartfelt passion and understanding from the author.
The characters are extremely well-drawn, believable and their development – because they do change, a lot – is very plausible ...more
Regarding the Waltz, we are told "On the floor, the duos swept into languorous pivots, right thighs pressed together as their left legs traced semi-circles. It was beautiful in the way geometry was: resolved, rational, flesh evenly distributed between points and lines." Further, I met a line that puzzled me - "Equation on the bottom, solution on the top."
About the Tango, we are told "A stri ...more
Riveting and captivating, The Winner threw me ...more
I enjoyed every second of this story. I sped through the pages so quickly. The characters were abs ...more
The Winner is a powerful story of winning at all costs. The story focuses on two main female characters both from very different backgrounds but both feel the pressure to win and would do so in any way.
Nina is a second generation immigrant whose parents gave up everything to come to America for her to succeed. As many parents of immigrants know (and even third and fourth generations) there is an expectation placed on you - that every generation achieve something greater. You would go to Universi ...more
I’ve been a lover of dance from an early age. I grew up taking dance, gymnastics, and twirling. In high school I was on the drill team, and later in life I found myself tearing up the dance floor with friends. I am a frequent watcher of the television show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. When I was given the opportunity to read a book about the inside world of dance competition, I jumped at the chance. I was highly pleased!
This book is a phenomenal. It dives into the world of ballroo ...more
For me this wasn’t so much about the dancing as it was the dancers. That said, the attention to detail allowed me to be there in the lessons, and on the dance floor. There are two narratives in this book, Cary and Nina, both of whom I felt a deep connection with.
As the story progressed ...more
Told from the point of view of the two vivid female characters, dancers Nina and Carly, the story unfolds as gracefully as the dancers themselves. Using an incredible array of sensuous words to describe the scenes, the people, the sensations, and the dances, the author displays a high level of artistry with language that parallels the art form she is describing.
Particularly impressive is the author’s ability to build the story. It keeps getting better and better as it goe ...more
"The Winner" is not my usual fare either, but over the years as a therapist, I've had more than one client who was heavily involved in the world of competitive ballroom dancing. Erin Bomboy clearly knows this world well, alt ...more
I have watched So You Think You Can Dance with my daughter for the past 8 years. I don’t dance but I so admire the determination of dancers. So I was excited to read this book knowing the subject and reading some of the reviews. I was not disappointed. The Winner is well written and a hands down 5 star book.
All the characters were well developed but I thought Carly was fabulous. The pull between her dream and her family was painfully clear and the competiveness she put f ...more
We start out following a husband and wife dancing duo.
Eventually, we add a second (third?) character and find our main characters are Nina and Carly.
Nina and Carly go from strangers to co-worker to teacher/student to competitors to friends.
Throughout the story, we live in a world of dance competition and travel through loss, love, competition and betrayal.
I did find the beginning a little slow but was sucked in and couldn’t put it down.
The story definitely did not go as ...more
‘The Winner’ is a tale of prestigious ballroom dance competition based in the United States. We have two protagonists in the book who ...more
Prepare to curl up with this very different romance of Erin Bomboy author of The Winner: A Ballroom Dance Novel. In my humble opinion, this story contains a medley of beautiful romances about falling in love no matter what life has already thrown at you. It causes the reader to get caught up in the secondary characters almost as much as the two leads. The front cover and title are extremely appropriate for this story. Although this is one story in a dance story series it i ...more
What is truly fascinating is these are real people under real pressure: do you know what goes on with your next-door neighbor? Have you any idea that the couple in the next building are that psychotic to win?? It's amazing!! You realize something has to happen but when it does, wow. (One person buys another ...more